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Friday 10 May 2024

DIY Dala Horse Piñata

If you've been here a while you'll probably know that my kids have a habit of choosing strange themes for their birthday parties. We've had a potato party, a Nutella party, a metal detector and penny finding party... 

Well, the latest birthday party hasn't been any different!

This past weekend we celebrated Mathilde's 10th birthday with an Ikea themed party. Yep, she chose everyone's favorite Swedish flat pack furniture store as her party theme!

I've got to say, it was actually a pretty fun theme. The guests all wore Ikea bucket hats (Mathilde's signature look lately), we gave out mini Ikea bags with small Ikea goodies in them as party bags, we played pass-the-parcel with a classic Blåhaj shark plushie as the prize in the middle, we ate Swedish cookies and meatballs, and we finished the party with a (rather shoddy looking!) Ikea bucket hat cake. 

My favorite party activity, however, was the piñata! To go along with the Swedish theme, I made Mathilde a Dala horse pinata. Now, it may look a little complicated in the pictures but, it was seriously one of the easiest piñatas to make ever. You want to know the secret? It's really just a store bought donkey piñata!


Today I'm sharing my simple DIY for taking a store bought donkey piñata and turning it into a Swedish Dala horse piñata. How fun is that?

Sunday 28 April 2024

Our Favorite National Parks

This past week has been National Parks Week here in the US, so I figured it was time I updated my post sharing all of the National Parks sites that we have visited over our thirteen years living in America. 

Have you visited any National Parks? I'd love to hear which one is your favorite.

Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Yellowstone, Wyoming
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Cape Cod National Sea Shore, Massachusetts
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Dinosaur National Monument, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Arches National Park, UT
Muir Woods, California
Boston National Historical Park, Massachusetts
Grand Canyon, Arizona

As there are many different types of national parks locations around the country, I've sorted this post by categories. You'll find the following categories:
  • National Parks
  • National Historical Parks
  • National Historic Sites
  • National Monuments
  • National Preserves
  • National Memorials
  • National Recreation Areas
  • National Seashores
I've also included an extra special park favorite at the very end of this post so make sure to read all the way through!

Let's take a look...

Monday 15 April 2024

35+ Must See Murals in Nashville

Have you ever been to Nashville?

If you're anything like me, you probably have an idea in your head that the whole city is nothing but country music, but I'm hear to tell you that there's so much more to see and do in Nashville. 

Ok, so yes, country music is BIG in Nashville and its presence is felt everywhere, but this vibrant city has so much more to offer - especially if you love street art as much as I do!

I recently spent a few days exploring Nashville while I was in town for Mom 2.0 Summit and I was in awe of just how much street art can be found all around town. So today I'm sharing the best murals I found. It's only a tiny glimpse of just how colorful the city is, but I only had a few days to explore and I was busy with other fun touristy stuff that I'll be sharing soon. 

If you're planning a visit to Nashville and you love finding colorful murals, read on... 


Nashville is a pretty big city, so I've divided this list into neighborhoods. That way you'll know that the murals in each section are relatively close to each other. The Downtown, SoBro and Gulch neighborhoods are all within easy walking distance of each other, however the 12 South neighborhood will require driving to. I took an Uber between Downtown and 12 South and it cost me around $11.00 each direction. I've also thrown in one Opryland mural in this list. I didn't explore the area an awful lot and I'm really not sure if there are many murals around there, but this one was right by my hotel on the first night and I couldn't resist adding it. Opryland is east of Downtown and will cost you about $20 for an Uber.  

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Spring Break in Colorado: Outdoor Fun

Spring Break is here!

In true Colorado form, the week off school got off to a snowy start, but the sun is back out and the rest of the week is calling for outdoor adventures!

I've already shared my favorite indoor adventures for Spring Break (you can find the post here) so today I will be sharing all of my favorite outdoor adventures for Colorado families and visitors.

You'll find zoos, gardens, historical sites, hiking trails, sand dunes, street art, engineering marvels, playgrounds, and lots of red rocks!

Read on for more...

Thursday 7 March 2024

Spring Break in Colorado: Indoor Fun


Can you believe that Spring Break is only a few weeks away? 

Wasn't it only just Winter Break? Didn't the school year start, like, yesterday?

If you're in Colorado and planning on staying locally for the break, or if you're visiting Colorado from out of state, I'm here to help you out with some fantastic places to visit while the kids are off school.

Today I'm sharing my favorite indoor adventures with kids. That week off school may be called Spring Break, but that doesn't mean we're guaranteed Spring weather. In fact, in my experience, it tends to be snowy! So it's good to have an arsenal of indoor fun ideas ready for when the weather isn't so great - or for anytime, really. These places are all such fun that you'll want to visit no matter what the weather is like outside!

Let's take a look...

Sunday 25 February 2024

30 Tips for Taking the Best Street Art Photos with Kids

If you've been following Little Hiccups for a while, especially on Instagram, then you'll know that I'm a big fan of street art - and an even bigger fan of taking photos of my kids with street art! Shots of my kids with colorful murals have kind of become my signature post over the years.

Now, I'm far from being a pro when it comes to photography, but I do take a LOT of photos of my kids with murals, so today I thought I'd share some of my tips for getting all sorts of fun shots. Because I'm not a photographer you know that these are all things you'll be able to easily replicate yourself with minimal photography skills. Whether you're shooting with a DSLR or phone camera all of these tips are ideas that you can use. You know what? These even all work for getting fun pics of your kids even if there's not a mural in the background too. But life is always more fun with more color!

This is a long post because I have so many tips for you and a lot of inspiration photos to share. Make sure to save it. If you scroll to the bottom you'll find some Pinterest posts you can save for later.

So, read on for all my best tips for capturing fun and colorful shot of your kids... 

Mural by @pher01 in Aurora, CO
Mural by @mikeritch in San Francisco, CA
Mural in Oakland Chinatown, CA
Mural by Josef Kristofolett in Austin, TX
Mural by @mjlindo in Boulder, CO
Mural by @misterbouncer in Berkeley, CA
Mural by @ashleyjoonart and @adamvicarel in Denver, CO
Mural in Melbourne, Australia
Mural in Berkeley, CA
Mural in Boulder, CO
Mural in San Bruno, CA
Mural in Berkeley, CA
Mural by Maggie Keane in Phoenix, AZ
Mural in Boulder, CO
Mural in New York, NY
Mural in San Francisco, CA
Mural by @nicocathcart in Aurora, CO
Murals in Westminster, CO for @babewalls
Mural by Nick Napoletano in Denver, CO
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